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Verdict
by Agatha Christie
Directed byNatalie Ellis  
Opens:Saturday 28th February 2015
Until:Saturday 7th March 2015
Bookings open:Saturday 21st February 2015
A joint production with The Playhouse, staged at The Playhouse.

Karl Hendryk, a brilliant professor who, with his wife and her cousin, have fled persecution in their country. The professor is contentedly ensconced in a British university, where he is respected by students and faculty alike. His wife, Anya, an invalid suffering from a progressively debilitating disease, bitterly regrets having been forced to leave her home and her friends and is unhappy with all aspects of her life in England. Her cousin and close friend, Lisa Koletzky, has moved with them to care for Anya and to manage the professor's home. Karl and Lisa have suppressed feelings for each other, and the situation is further disturbed when a young rich student, Helen Rollander, takes on private lessons with the professor.

History

The Globe TheatreThe Globe is where New Zealand's best known poet, James K Baxter, had his first plays produced.

This 'theatre in a house' was created in 1961 by Patric and Rosalie Carey when they extended the living room of their house in London Street into an auditorium, converting it into a small, 30 seat theatre which they called The Globe. This was later modified into the 80 seat theatre which exists today. The Careys were active in promoting both classical and new theatre to Dunedin audiences. The theatre was the first in Australasia, for example, to mount a production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. At the same time, there were regular performances of works by Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere, Ibsen and others.

Rosalie and PatricThe Careys also promoted the works of New Zealand playwrights such as R A K Mason and James K Baxter, both of whom were Burns Fellows at the University of Otago.

The Careys retired in 1973 but the theatre and its traditions continue, under the watchful care of the Incorporated Society known as the Friends of the Globe Theatre.


An audience in the foyerWhile the theatrical environment in Dunedin has changed considerably since the 1960s, the wishes of many people to see and/or participate in amateur theatre which is produced to high standards has not changed. If you too would like to become involved in the workings of this theatre in any capacity, on stage, behind the scenes or simply as an audience member who is given a discount on admission, do consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Globe.

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